Social Media Updates on Pinterest Facebook and Instagram have been vital at this time. Technology has made it easier for us to manoeuvre during this stressful time. As a small start-up, we have felt the brunt of this Pandemic. We, however, have a never say die attitude and we like so many small businesses out there will keep on fighting.
This article will focus on some key updates that these amazing App companies have introduced during this Pandemic which we can take advantage of.
Instagram small business features
Businesses can share new gift card, food order, and fundraiser stickers in Stories and on their profiles. The great thing about this feature is that, in just one tap, gift cards or food orders can be placed through a company’s website and they can spread the word of new social-distancing friendly offers via stickers in Stories!
Currently this feature only in USA and Canada, but hopefully this feature will go global shortly! We need this feature to go Global.
Instagram DMs on Desktop and on Web
Replying to Instagram DM’s from the desktop is now live for all users globally. It is easier and hassle-free. All you do is click the little arrow icon (circled in red) between the home and archive icon along the top-bar. If you click on that, it will bring up your DMs and you can view them and respond just like you would on your phone. Some prefer working on Laptops therefore this feature is welcomed. A lot of people also have a no phone time rule and this helps you to just focus on work.
The new feature allows friends on a video chat or group video chat to browse through Instagram and share content with the group while still connected. Business Insider stated that Instagram sped up the rollout on this new feature to let friends that are quarantined apart watch videos together.
Instagram Live Streams Can Now Be Viewed on the Web
Image: Android Police
After pushing out Direct messages via the web. Social Media Today states Instagram is now also giving users the option to view Instagram Live broadcasts on desktop PCs, which comes with a new, less intrusive format, and URLs to cross-promote your streams.
Social Media Today states a wonderful point that. “Providing desktop access also adds another important element – a separate URL for your live broadcasts. That means that when you do go live, you can now cross-promote your stream on other platforms, with a direct link, as opposed to simply directing your fans to head over to Instagram to check out your stream.”
Previously, this wasn’t possible, because there was no URL to link to during a stream. This live update is a much-needed feature, especially at this time.
Facebook launches Quiet mode
As part of its response efforts to COVID-19, the app is rolling out its new time management app, Quiet Mode. This feature mutes all notifications. The Verge states that You can also schedule ahead in your downtime by selecting time slots where you want to mute notifications for a certain amount of time.
The Facebook Blog states. As we all adjust to new routines and staying home, setting boundaries for how you spend your time online can be helpful. Whether it’s to help you focus on your family and friends, sleep without distraction or manage how you spend your time at home, we have tools that can help you find the right balance for how you use Facebook
This is a welcomed move, especially during these times.
Pinterest’s New Shop Tab
Check out our article on this feature.
What does this Tab do?
Tech Crunch states The new Shop tab on Search will help users find in-stock items from retailers when they perform a search query, like “spring outfits,” “home office décor” or “kitchen remodel,” among other things.
This is great for your business because the new shop tab links a Pin directly to the checkout page on an e-commerce website. What this means for you is a more streamlined route to the purchase. No more fretting about abandonment or customers struggling to get their product. This is an amazing feature that Pinterest has come up with.
Option to Simulcast Instagram Live Streams to Facebook
COMING SOON? – Instagram is testing a 'Simulcast to Facebook' option for live video
— Matt Navarra | 🚨 #StayAtHome (@MattNavarra) April 16, 2020
Above illustrates a screenshot from the Story settings menu on Instagram – when checked, as per the description, this would see your future Instagram Live broadcasts also appear on Facebook.
This would be epic as it could greatly expand your live-stream reach. For now, we wait.
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